Japan Rail Pass
Japan runs the world’s most efficient and convenient rail service. This tightly scheduled, safe, speedy and punctual train service is conducted by the Japan Railways Group (JRG) and is one the most popular ways of seeing Japan.
What is the Japan Rail Pass?
The Japan Rail Pass, or “JRP”, is a special discount pass for travellers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sightseeing purposes only. With the JRP, you can freely board almost any train on Japan Railways Group lines throughout the country.
Who can use the Pass?
You must be any one of the following to enjoy the Japan Rail Pass:
1. A foreign national visiting Japan from abroad for sightseeing, under the entry status of ‘Temporary Visitor’ *1
2. A Japanese national who lives in a foreign country who is:
a. qualified to live permanently in that country *2 OR
b. married to a non-Japanese national residing in a foreign country *3
*1 The exchange can not be made in Japan unless you have a ‘Temporary Visitor’ stamp shown in your passport.
A dual nationality holder must enter the country as a foreign national using a foreign passport.
*2 A proof of permanent residence and that you currently live in that country is required. A passport of that country is not considered as a proof of permanent residence.
*3 A proof of marriage and that you and your spouse currently live in a foreign country is required. De facto marriage is not considered.
Can I buy the Japan Rail Pass through Toptour Europe?
Yes, Toptour Europe is one of the travel agents authorised to sell a Japan Rail Pass exchange order in the UK.
This exchange order is issued in a voucher form which will be exchanged into the Japan Rail Pass at a number of JR stations. Please see the list of the stations.
Please be aware that you will be required to present original documents to show your eligibility at the point of exchange.
Please call us on 020 7430 2438 or email us for further information.
Can I use any trains with the Japan Rail Pass?
With the JRP, you may have unlimited travel on all Shinkansen Super Express trains except Shinkansen “Nozomi”, all limited-express and all express trains.
When should I buy an JRP exchange order?
An exchange order is valid for 90 days from the issue date. Therefore the earliest you can place an order is 90 days before the date on which you intend to turn the exchange order into the Japan Rail Pass in Japan. Please make sure to allow enough time for the delivery so you will receive it before your departure.
Please call our office or email us to request a free Japan Rail Pass brochure and further booking information.
Tel: 020 7430 2438
Email: Japan Rail Pass Enquiries